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"Undead" beings have fascinated humans since the first time anyone came up with the idea of an afterlife. Similar creatures are described in a folklore of many cultures, but the word "vampire" did no apprear until the late 1600s. Details vary with time and place, but a vampire is usually the restless spirit of some deceased person. The spirit returns, inhabits a body (its own or that of someone else), and feeds upon the living. In many legends, the vampire feeds on blood. In some it feeds on life energy by causing a disease such as tuberculosis, then called "consumption."

 

Do vampires actually exist? No human knows for sure. For obvious reasons nowadays, vampires try to avoid drawing attention to themselves. So, in whatever era they lived, they wore the same kind of clothing as ordinary people.   

 

The earliest European folklore described vampires as hideous. Their bloated faces had reddish or dark purplish skin, and they wore a linen burial shroud. They couldn't help doing what they did, and also couldn't hide their existence. If you want to be a scary, creepy vampire, that's the way to go. Our "night fiend" and Nosferatu costumes and masks would give you this look, perhaps with the addition of a hooded robe or cloak.  

 

Our modern image of a vampire originated in the Gothic-style horror literature of the early 1800s. The picture of a vampire as a pale, slim, well-dressed, elegant aristocrat culminated in Bram Stoker's classic 1893 novel Dracula. Such fictional vampires as Lord Ruthven and Count Dracula could, and did, join in society and interact with humans. They wore the fashions of their day. For these Victorian era vampires, that meant trousers, shirt, waistcoat, cravat and frock coat. Actor Bela Lugosi brought this image to life when he played Dracula on stage and screen in the 1920s and 1930s. We have several men's vampire costumes that will give you that look.  

 

The capes and fangs were touches added by Hollywood. A 1920s costume designer suggested the long opera cloak with a wide collar, as a simple way to make Lugosi seem to disappear. A makeup artist in the 1950s added the fangs, when Christopher Lee played Dracula.   

 

Female vampires have been portrayed as seductive femmes fatales since Theda Bara played one in a 1915 silent film. That's where the word "vamp" comes from referring to a seductress. They, too, wore the fashions of their day and participated in society.   

 

Vampires of modern fiction wear ordinary human clothes most of the time. What sets them apart is their pale complexion, fangs, and their posture and manners. You can achieve the pale complexion with one of our easy-to-use vampire makeup kits. And the fangs are part of our vampire accessory kits.  For your posture, you should be sure to stand up straight--don't slouch! It's part of the carryover from past ages. 

 

Vampires are immortal, and some of them are hundreds of years old. That's why most modern vampires show traces of earlier eras in their manners. They're a bit more formal, traditional and polite than modern humans. A movie heartthrob vampire asked his beloved's father for permission to marry her. Most humans don't bother with that anymore. He also refused to consummate their relationship before the wedding. That's almost unheard-of these days! 

 

In order to attract victims or "donors," vampires have to be charming, and most are also physically attractive. Their vampire form becomes taller, thinner and paler than their human form. Nobody quite knows why, but it seems to be something about the change of state from human to vampire. So if you're going to be a vampire, practice your most elegant manners. If you're partying with humans you'll want to blend in, so go for a subtle look. If it's an all-vampire gathering you can go all-out and show your true nature. 

 

You have a lot of options if you want to become a vampire. Choose whether you want to be a historic vampire or a modern one, a specific fictional character or your own concept. To be a suave, debonair or glamorous historical vampire, choose a costume inspired by formal wear. Any of our Victorian vampire costumes would be great. Add accessories such as a cane, a ring or medallion with faux gems, and vampire fangs. To become a modern, fierce vampire, choose a sexy or menacing costume and add gory fake blood to your pale makeup. We have fangs that appear to drip blood--those would add a bloodthirsty touch to your look. We even have a wig that can give you the same hairstyle as that movie heartthrob. For even more realism, enjoy a dark-red-colored beverage, and serve it in an elegant crystal goblet. Search through our selection of oufits, we have just what you need for your vampire Halloween costume. 

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How To Be a Vampire

There's nothing more mystically entrancing than the vampire. Legends of the supernatural creature have haunted us from the time of then-unknown blood diseases, not to mention those fantastic tales of dark hunters transforming into animals and vanishing before our eyes. We have a bit more of a relaxed relationship with the vampire these days, but that doesn't detract from the horrific power that they possess. Now it is time for the Halloween season. The veil between the every day and the thrill of things that go bump in the night thins. We have a large variety of different vampire looks, many designed in our own in-house studios. All you must decide is what kind of vampire to become.

Vampires have several years to establish their style and go where their skills are best suited. That's why we've got charming and seductive couples who hunt in the foggy streets of London, but also noble Counts delightfully educating the children of Sesame Street. Of course, there are plenty of different vampiric styles shown, from the lesser demons of Buffy to the practically zombie-like monsters of early horror films, and even the sexy and mysterious ones that dot the landscape of our contemporary TV shows. It's time to take a look at everything from the brooding dark prince to the quirky Halloween host! Then we can find which undead inspiration will turn a fun vampire costume experience into a memory with the same eternal life as our favorite fanged fiends!

Women's Vampire Costumes

The first thought that comes to mind when someone says "vampire" is Dracula, a mighty vampire lording over his magical Transylvanian castle. But we're here to tell you that there is a pretty profound history of lady vamps far more interesting than some dusty Drac! From Camilla (who came around 25 years before Vlad) to Akasha, the literal Queen of the Damned, there are a ton of famous femme vampires who make any vampire costume a sexy vampire costume simply by default! Don't forget that these supernatural gals often also have the wondrous powers of witchcraft! Get ready to flex your power with our variety of different takes on vampire costumes for women.

Classic Women's Vampire Costume

Women's Vampire Costume

The best part about the legend of Dracula is that nobody has ever seen the mysterious Count and lived to tell the tale. So, who knows what the vampire actually looks like! A shorter cape and deeper V-neck makes for a fabulously fierce and feminine twist on the iconic vampire look.

Delightfully Dreadful Female Vampire Costume

Female Vampire Costume

What happens when you combine the look of a noble out on the town with the terrifying twist of a hunter who will literally paint the town red? An elegant, dark red vampire costume is the design, we think! Practice a deep cackle as you delight in the dread of your soon-to-be snacks.

Sexy Vampire Costume

Sexy Vampire Costume

Not every vampire needs to go for a classic gown the Victorian age. They're immortal, after all. We suspect you might love a fashion-forward look that puts the aaaah! in awesome! The only question is if you'll appear in photographs, since they'll be dashing for cameras and their lives…

Women's Vampire Dress

Vampire Dress

The stories of the vampire seducing entire clans of people with a single gaze are definitely true… but we wonder if those stories might have been referring to this kind of an alluring look instead. Just imagine the combination of your captivating stare and the vestments of a vampire vixen.

Vampire Halloween Costumes

Now, when you think of men's vampire costumes, you probably go right to Dracula. That makes sense since he is the most famous vamp in film and TV. But, he's just one figure amongst several spectacular vamps. Don't forget the fearsome Viktor, the wicked counterpart to Selene from Underworld. Go older or more mysterious with Barnabas Collins. (Who can forget Dark Shadows?!) Of course, you can make for a smashing vampire couple costume with Angel and a Buffy the Vampire Slayer costume. Just like the gals, you guys have a whole history of monster-meets-man and we've got excellent vampire costume ideas for you, too! Let's pull out all the wizardry on your personal take on the Dracula Halloween costume.

Deluxe Men's Vampire Costume

Men's Vampire Costume

What honest-to-evil Dracula would command his legion of the night while wearing some plastic cape and dollar store set of teeth? You'd be a laughingstock. Our design team brings elegance, confidence, and nobility together to create a truly dark look for a deluxe Dracula like yourself!

Dreadful Vampire Outfit

Vampire Outfit

Maybe cloaks aren't your cup of blood. That's fair! If you are a vampire with the modern world on the mind, a long coat might be more to your taste. It will help you blend in with the crowd, too! Folks will be approaching this dreadful vampire… only to realize their mistake far too late.

Men's Dracula Costume

Men's Dracula Costume

What many forget is that Dracula isn't just a lover and a fighter. He's also one heck of a warlock! We're talking enough mojo to raise up an army of wraiths or even make his castle invisible or teleport away! Bring that magic to bear with a Dracula costume that's brimming with power.

Gothic Vampire Costume

Gothic Vampire Costume

What's the point of dressing in layers when your flesh is cold, and you get all the warmth you need from the blood of the living? Fair question but clearly vampires know that lovely layers mean stunning style! Show the world how to enjoy the night unlife with nocturnal nobility.

Girls’ Vampire Costumes

Vampire powers aren't just for the adults, of course. Some stories tell what happens when two vampires fall in love and have a delightful bundle of shadow and mischief all their own. Girl vampires often have some slightly different powers. Turning into a bat is more common than the other animal forms, and certain youngster vampires, like Claudia, have a real tough time with going for any hairstyle other than the cute and curly look. Fortunately, we have all varieties of costumes for vampire youngsters, whether you're shopping with your teenager, going for a baby vampire costume, or anything between.

Girls’ Vampire Costume

Girls’ Vampire Costume

The astonishing powers and alluring skills of vampires she's seen on the silver screen have shown that no basic vampire look is going to do. It's time for the full Transylvania treatment with a vampire vixen look of her own. All you'll need now is resistance from that sinister smile.

Spooky Girls' Vampire Halloween Costume

Vampire Halloween Costume For Girl

If you've got yourself a shapeshifting tyke, it's only fair that their vampiric outfit should let the world know what kind of abilities they've got up their sleeve. Combine the luxury of a vampire dress with bat-like wings and you've got a gal in a guise that fits her spooky supernatural skills.

Cool Teen Vampire Costume

Teen Vampire Costume

Maybe your little vamp isn't that keen on old-timey films and fake noble accents. She might be into the world of vampires because they’re enigmatic, mysterious…or just because they're cool as heck. If you've got a suave superstar, she's going to need some modern vampire attire to fit!

Little Girls' Vampire Costume

Little Girls' Vampire Costume

What do you get when you cross a princess with a vampire? Well hopefully you haven't found a cross vampire princess. She might be pretty and elegant in a classic vampire gown, but she's got some serious influence thanks to her supernatural state that could lead to royal ramifications!

Boys’ Vampire Costumes

There have been a handful of stories about Kid Dracula and the kind of mysterious unlife he might have led before he became the lord of the night that we have all come to know. Well, it's time for you to figure that out by watching your little lad enjoy some time in his very own boy's vampire costume. Be prepared for some heightened energy. Maybe some (literal) climbing up the walls. Perhaps even trying to command a legion of zombies with his newfound powers. In fact, go for a complete movie monster theme with your favorite kid vampire costume along with Mommy mummy or Daddy Frankenstein.

Kids' Dracula Costume

Kids' Dracula Costume

It's crucial that a kid's Dracula costume include all the components the kiddo will need. That means a black and red cloak and some matching noble vestments. The right look makes your tyke feel powerful and elegant, too!

Vampire Cloak

Vampire Cloak

What's the best part about being a vampire to a kid? It isn't immortality. They're too young to worry about that. Drinking blood? Well, no. That's pretty gross, actually. It's all about the flying. And nothing says flying like swooshing a long, cloaked costume and wooshing to a nice snack!

Boys' Vampire Costume

Boys' Vampire Costume

One of the first powers that Little Dracula developed was command over creatures of the night. Initially, that meant he could summon swarms of bats but eventually he began turning into them, too! Pretty nifty. That's why some of Dracula's duds are designed with batty fun in mind.

Baby Vampire Costume

Baby Vampire Costume

No matter what powers your Little Dracula is developing, there's no question of which one came around first. That charming smile and those adorable eyes cannot be resisted. So let's go ahead and recognize the mind control powers that even this baby Dracula costume commands. Awww!

Vampire Fangs for Halloween

Demon, night-stalker, or infernal creature. There are a ton of ways to describe yourself. However, there's one defining characteristic that separates mere beauties and beasts from the truly mighty masters of the night. Of course, we're talking about those fangs. Sure, werewolves have some noteworthy canines, too, but realistic vampire fangs do more than just look scary. They offer up the life force that gives the undead creatures their unhealthy glow! When you're accessorizing your vampire look, make sure that you've taken serious consideration so you can put your best tooth forward. This guide will help you take a bite out of the guesswork, so you can focus on finding the fangs that are right for your vampire outfit.

Vampire Teeth

Vampire Teeth

Maybe you're fresh from the grave or even stuck posthumously paying for student loans. It's a rough unlife for the non-nobility. For vamps on a budget who don't want to sacrifice style, our custom-fit, reusable fangs give you all the bang for your buck without the wallet wails.

Realistic Vampire Fangs

Realistic Vampire Fangs

Are you feeling just a little bit peckish? Maybe that tummy is growling or you're starting to salivate? Well, that's for the living. Real undead show their hunger with the flash of their fangs and the smart ones leave some blood on their teeth, delicious leftovers for a midday snack!

Classic Vampire Fangs

Vampire Fangs

It's great to get committed and cement vampire teeth in for a long-lasting look. But, here's the thing: a set of fangs makes it nearly impossible to eat or drink all night. Nobody wants a hungry vampire, so try a pair you can pop out and back in. (You can even go for long or short ones.)

White Vampire Fangs Grill

Vampire Fangs Grill

Ready for some nostalgia? Plastic, a little awkward, but boy do they get the message across in a single grin! These are the white vampire fangs you knew as a kiddo. When you wear them, you are essentially inaudible, drool a little bit…and forget drinking. But the accent is easy as heck!

Which Dracula is Right for You?

If there's one name that is synonymous with being a vampire, it is, "Dracula." The ethos surrounding the historical horrors, as well as the seemingly endless creative reimagining, has defined a character that gets more vivid with each passing generation. It all started with the gruesome accounts of Vlad the Impaler and Bram Stoker's introduction to Dracula. Each incarnation thereafter has evolved his story into timeless lore. In a sense, Drac's legacy (both fact and fiction) has made him the immortal we're still fascinated by to this day. Quite possibly the hardest part of dressing up as Dracula for Halloween is choosing a favorite version.

Vlad the Impaler, Brahm Stoker's Dracula, and Nosferatu

Vlad the Impaler

Bram Stoker chose Vlad the Impaler as his muse because of his barbaric execution tactics – Spoiler alert: impaling victims was just a small glimpse into his torturous ways. Not for the faint of heart, it takes more than just a spear to complete this grisly disguise. Moral flexibility, the ability to rule with fear and an overall presence that puts people at unease — these are the character traits necessary to pull off Vlad Dracul III... a good Romanian accent wouldn't hurt either.

Brahm Stoker's Dracula

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Stoker's pal, Sir Henry Irving (a suave actor with a flair for the dramatic), didn't seem too thrilled that he was Dracula's appearance and mannerisms inspiration. Are you often described as being good-looking, enigmatic, and also having a real knack for villain portrayals? So was Irving! That means you're Bram-approved to take on the role (which, regardless of the kind words, Irving never did himself)!

Nosferatu

This unauthorized adaptation contains one of the most iconic theatrical scenes associated with the Dracula character — a hunchbacked, shadowy figure shambling up a staircase. Count Orlok strayed from Bram's tall, dark and handsome description and looked almost rodent-like. But don't let that sway you. Nosferatu is often heralded as the ultimate Dracula flick. Maybe that's why, despite all of the character and story differences, Stoker's estate demanded that all copies of the film be destroyed. Luckily one print remained to generate a cult following.

Dracula, Dracula in Istanbul and Horror of Dracula

Dracula

Bela Lugosi's mutation of Count Dracula is the most popular way the world imitates the character: Jet black, slicked-back hair, dark, lined eyes (with a glimmer of mischievous intent), an accentuated brow, and a long black cape – essential for shrouding all your dark deeds. Organize a Universal Monsters reunion and partner up with Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein's Bride and the Werewolf of London. After all, everyone knows that when monsters mash, it's a graveyard smash.

Dracula in Istanbul

As one of Turkey's first ever horror films, Dracula in Istanbul took The Count's character to the next level by baring his fangs – drawing a literal connection between the most well-known vampire and Vlad the Impaler. That makes a pair of custom fangs is essential for Atif Kaptan's Turkish Drac. You can also keep the Universal Dracula suit, but lose the hair. This particular aristocratic vamp was bald.

Horror of Dracula

Christopher Lee, who would eventually play the Dracula character more times than any other actor, gave the Universal Monsters Dracula a demonic makeover. Red-rimmed eyes and extremely sharp incisors made moviegoers hide their necks in terror. You still need a healthy dose of charm to lure your victims, but to get started, you should grab a cape and the biggest fangs you can find—Halloween signals the perfect night to paint the town red.

Count Dracula, Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Dracula

Count Dracula

Bram Stoker's novel was like a guide to vampires; there are basic rules that a vampire must follow. Sun, for example, has always been a no-no (sorry Twilight, you'll have to sparkle in someone else's mythology). Up until 1970's Count Dracula, no other filmmaker touched on Stoker's reasoning for a vampire to drink blood: It gives him the ability to regain his youth! Oh, and whether it was because it was the seventies, or just a nod to Vlad, you also get to sport a sweet 'stache.

Bram Stoker's Dracula

Stop us if you've heard this one: Realtor Jonathon Harker attempts to get a Transylvanian castle into escrow and finds himself held hostage inside the manor. He doesn't get a bump in his commission, but does narrowly escape with his life. Meanwhile, back in England, Drac was busy making Mina (Harker's fiancée) a vampire. Whatever happened to bro code? Sure, Van Helsing (ever the Sherlock of doctors) still works on finding the cause of Mina's illness, but in this made-for-TV rendition, Jack Palance shows us the softer, gentler side of Dracula.

Dracula

Really, this is the ONLY Dracula for an appointed "ladies man." Frank Langella's portrayal of Dracula may be solely responsible for showcasing the seductive side of this character. Many before him were sharply dressed and charming, but their movie trailer didn't come with the tagline: "The greatest lover who ever lived and died... and lived again." That's a pretty tall order to fill, so maybe just start by nailing a smoldering gaze.

Bram Stoker's Dracula and Dracula Untold

Bram Stoker's Dracula

Francis Ford Coppolla skillfully intertwined Stoker's brand of horror with unabashed romance. There are two Draculas in this flick that you can play: Old Dracula (with the awesome hair and haunting laugh) or young Dracula (the one who is most likely to win Winona Ryder's version of "Mina" back, and with the cool sunglasses). Luckily for you, Gary Oldman made both of them easily recognizable. Just watch out for Keanu... he has since learned ju-jitsu.

Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold set out to tell the origin of Vlad, the man who would become Dracula. A gloomy, historically accurate 15th century setting was the backdrop for the fictional transformation from King of Transylvania to a legendary vampire. Dragon crested battle armor (that's a billion times more awesome than any Spartan or dark knight) and a pretty serious sword make this disguise one that will set you apart in a sea of capes and fangs.